Movie Review: THE EMPTY MAN

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Rating: R Stars: James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Sasha Frolova Writer: David Prior, screen story by David Prior, based on the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn Director: David Prior Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 23, 2020 (theatrical); January 29, 2021 (DVD/Blu-ray) THE EMPTY MAN was prematurely buried – not the entity, the film itself. Copyright 2018, THE EMPTY MAN received a blink-and-miss-it theatrical release in October, 2020, followed by a somewhat more accessible DVD/Blu-ray rollout on January 29 of this year. It is now available on HBO and HBO Max. The fact that THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOWLING VILLAGE (INUNAKI MURA)

HOWLING VILLAGE movie poster |©2021 Dread

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ayaka Miyoshi, Ryŏta Bandŏ, Renji Ishibashi, Rinka Ōtani, Masanobu Takashima, Reiko Takashima, Akira Sasamoto Writers: Daisuke Hosaka and Takashi Shimizu Director: Takashi Shimizu Distributor: Dread Release Date: August 13, 2021  HOWLING VILLAGE (INUNAKI MURA) is directed and co-written by Takashi Shimizu, who created the popular 2002 JU-ON: THE GRUDGE, which has spawned a franchise. JU-ON: THE GRUDGE was more than a little ambiguous, and misleadingly titled (it’s about rage, not a “grudge” as the term is used in English), but it fulfilled its main purpose in scaring the daylights out of viewers. Unfortunately, HOWLING VILLAGE has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD

THE SUICIDE SQUAD movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./DC

Rating: R Stars: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Sylvester Stallone (voice), David Dastmachian, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion Writer: James Gunn Director: James Gunn Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: August 5, 2021 THE SUICIDE SQUAD is a surprisingly buoyant follow-up to 2016’s SUICIDE SQUAD. The earlier film gave us a batch of super-reluctant heroes, actually villains from D.C. Comics, tasked with saving the world from a supernatural menace, since Superman was dead and Batman was only one non-superpowered guy (this was […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VICIOUS FUN

VICIOUS FUN movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Mark Gibson, Kristopher Bowman, John Fray, Sean Baek, Alexa Rose Steele, David Koechner Writer: James Villeneuve, story by Cody Calahan Director: Cody Calahan Distributor: Shudder Release Date: June 29, 2021 VICIOUS FUN is well-titled. It’s set in 1983 Minnesota, and is both a fairly faithful recreation of and playful tweak of the era. Does VICIOUS FUN absolutely need to take place when people used phone booths and taxicabs a lot more often? Maybe not, but if a movie is going to pay homage to FRIDAY THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GREEN KNIGHT

THE GREEN KNIGHT poster | ©2021 A24

Rating: R Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Sarita Choudhury, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Barry Keoghan Writer: David Lowery, based on the poem Director: David Lowery Distributor: A24 Release Date: July 30, 2021 THE GREEN KNIGHT may put fantasy film buffs in mind of John Boorman’s EXCALIBUR or even Neil Jordan’s THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. Adapted from Arthurian mythology by writer/director David Lowery, THE GREEN KNIGHT is beautiful and mysterious – and more than a little trippy. Let’s stipulate up front that the plot doesn’t fully make sense. The source material, an anonymously-written medieval poem, translated into […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET: PART THREE – 1666

FEAR STREET - PART THREE: 1666 | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson Writers: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak and Kate Trefry, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 16, 2021 FEAR STREET: PART THREE – 1666 concludes the FEAR STREET trilogy of films, based on R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET books. All three FEAR STREET movies are directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak, who here shares screenplay credit with Phil Graziadei and Kate Trefry. Viewers wanting resolution for the characters and curse we first encountered in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OLD

OLD movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, Emun Elliott, Alexa Swinton, Gustaf Hammarsten, Kathleen Chalfant, Francesca Eastwood, Nolan River, Luca Faustino Rodriguez, Mikaya Fisher, Kallen Jude Writer: M. Night Shyamalan, based on the graphic novel SANDCASTLE by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederick Peeters Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 23, 2021 OLD doesn’t go where we might expect, and that’s pretty much a good thing. The new film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, based on the graphic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET: PART TWO – 1978

FEAR STREET - PART TWO: 1978 | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Gillian Jacobs, Jordana Spiro, Brandon Spink, Chiara Aurelia, Marcelle LeBlanc, Eden Campbell, Ted Sutherland, Michael Provost, Drew Scheid, Jacqi Vene Writers: Zak Olkewicz and Leigh Janiak, story by Zak Olkewicz and Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 9, 2021 FEAR STREET: PART TWO – 1978 is, as its title suggests, a sequel to FEAR STREET: PART ONE – 1994, released a week earlier. Both films are part of the FEAR STREET trilogy, concluding […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE

GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, Ralph Ineson, Adam Nagaitis, Michael Smiley Writers: Navot Papushado & Ehud Lavski Director: Navot Papushado Distributor: STX Films/Netflix Release Date: July 14, 2021 GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE is an action movie that stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, and Ralph Ineson, and introduces a capable young performer, Chloe Coleman. Do we really need to know more than that to persuade us this is worth seeing? For those who want more information, GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE takes place in one of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET PART ONE: 1994

FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zukerman, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Maya Hawke, Jordana Spiro, Jordyn DiNatale Writers: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, story by Kyle Killen and Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 2, 2021 FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 is the first in a trilogy of interlinked films based on R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET novels. These are being released by Netflix in quick succession – FEAR STREET PART 2: 1978 arrives July 9, and […]Read On »

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